I have to say i'm a little concerned about the color clash between the Sommet groups color scheme and the Predators, but i'm sure it will work out.
Here's a full video of the press conference of the announcement.
Oh - and as for many of the doubters that complained about the city not getting any of the money from the naming rights deal: I don't recall many of them complaining about the Titans stadium. The Titans keep all the money from their deal. Tax payers funded that stadium too... so lets compare the two.
Between now and September, LP Field will host 7 events (1 four-day concert series and 3 Titans' games). In total, LP Field has 14 events listed on its calendar until the end of 07.
Between now and September, The Sommet Center will host 40 events including concerts, graduation ceremonies for local high schools, Kats games, and 3 pre-season Predators games (assuming a schedule similar to last year). IN total, assuming no more concerts or events are booked for the rest of the year, but the Predators schedule goes toughly the way it did last year, there will be 57 events held at the Sommet Center between now and the end of '07 .
So which of these two centers do you think is generating more revenue for the city? And for that matter, which location is going to get more exposure to more people? Even with the extra TV viewing audience that the Titans draw over the Predators, that is a big difference. I'd really like to see a break down of the numbers. More visiting team cities fans watching, etc.
Biggest deal for the Predators and more importantly fans like me is that this is a local company, stepping up and sponsoring the team, practically guaranteeing that it will stay around for many more years to come.
Oh - another interesting note: no one has parked www.sommetcenter.com if you want to cybersquat it and get sued. Vision3, a website design company that lists the "Gaylord Entertainment Center" website (whatever that is) as one of its clients, has parked www.thesommetcenter.com though. But it isn't pointing to anything yet...